Friday, June 19, 2015

As luck would have it, I met Carly Fiorina

As luck would have it, just a few weeks after posting my last blog post about Carly Fiorina, a few exciting things happened to me.

First, and on a whim, I pitched my writing skills to CEO/editor-in-chief Ann-Marie Murrell (a lovely person and very encouraging BTW). And guess what? She asked me to start blogging for on a regular basis. I was thrilled to say the least for many reasons including some fantastic press access.

I do love my own little Elephant Under Glass blog (even though I do ignore it at times due to life) but having a larger monthly viewer base doesn't stink either. Don't worry, I plan to post my stories to this blog too.

Even better as a contributor, I am able to blog about just about any topic I feel like as long as it has national and/or political merit, and readers find it interesting.

As luck and a little networking would have it, I was invited to attend the Salt Lake County GOP fundraiser and VIP reception about a week ago and guess who was the event headliner?! Carly Fiorina!

It was a thrill to finally meet Carly and get a few pix with her and even cooler, I used this event as my inaugural blog post for

From left to right: Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes, former HP CEO Carly Fiorina
and Salt Lake County GOP Chairwoman Suzanne Mulet 

To read the full story at, click here.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

A Woman in the White House

I received an email invite from a friend who leans liberal. She's a great lady, creative and smart. The subject of the email: We need a woman in the White House. It was a fundraiser invite for a local, female candidate and her subject line plug included needing a woman in the White House. Her email made me think.

On every level, I agree. It's about time. I would love to see a woman in the White House. Just not Hillary Clinton.

American's deserve better, so much better.

We've endured almost eight years of the Obama admin. with scandals abound. In my opinion, Americans are tired of it no matter their party affiliation. I know I am.

While I would love to see a woman in the White House in my lifetime, I remain discerning about that woman. It's not enough to have just any woman in the White House, we need a quality woman. Someone who embodies the intellect, street smarts, compassion and ability to stand strong against the alluring addiction of political power.

I've spent that last five years working on political campaigns of people I admire and respect. Some have lost and some have won. The difference between these people and many others who run for elected office is a strong character and a clarity between right and wrong. This matters.

Hillary and Bill may have several non-profit foundations which take money from countries across the world. And, some of them may really help improve communities and various cultures. But at the end of the day, they've done so much more "wrong," I am stunned that anyone would be willing to blindly cast a vote for her regardless of how much they want a woman in office.

As a woman who would love to see another woman in the Oval Office, I know I won't be casting my vote for her.

And, it looks like GOP presidential candidate Carly Fiorina won't be either. Take a second to read the recent Hill story where Fiorina candidly shares her view on the former Secretary of State's lack of leadership on the home front and globally, and the inherent lack of trust most Americans have for Mrs. Clinton. God love the recent email scandal - just hoping the GOP lineup is able to seriously call Hillary out and expose her for what she is and has become.

Carly Fiorina tells it like it is in The Hill story

Keep an eye out for Carly. She may not be the GOP winner next year but this lady elephant certainly believes Fiorina is worth watching and learning more about over the next several months.

Friday, April 24, 2015

April 24, 2015 | 100th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide

This is an incredibly important issue to me and my family as I am Armenian. For anyone who knows about this ugly mar in history, they know how many American Armenians were impacted, how many family members were lost and/or orphaned, and they know how inherently strong the Armenians are as a culture. While I am not the most active of my family members across Armenian orgs/causes, I do have a deep appreciation and understanding of what my ancestors (both grandmothers) went through in the early 1900s and thank them each day for the strength they've instilled in me over the years. #ArmenianGenocide100 #TurkeyFailed

Sunday, July 20, 2014

"America" the movie: an outstanding portrayal of the American idea...

...and a theme that has a lot to do with why I inherently rejected much of the progressive reading impressed upon me as an undergraduate by my sociology / anthropology professors. All lovely academics but in so many ways misguided even by my immature, collegiate standards at the time.

Lucky for me, graduate school and an English degree followed.

Last night, I dragged my 12-year old daughter (who stalled all the way out the door) and my husband (who isn't generally an avid movie goer) to see Dinesh D'Souza's America. If you haven't seen it yet, go!

What this movie did for me was reaffirm why I rejected so much of the "required" reading pushed on me during college such as Howard Zinn (People's History of the United States), Karl Marx, among others. Of course, I read the required reading, I had to. How else would I get a decent grade and graduate?! I just didn't understand as I read them why anyone would prescribe to actually like, follow and align with ideology that felt so oppressive to me.

Shame, Communism, Imperialism, plundering and conquest. None of these attributes or governing structures felt morally right or were better ideas than America had enlisted as her doctrine through the Founding Fathers, regardless of her or their imperfections. Let's remember, I was only 19 and 20 at the time, and an easy target. But apparently not so malleable. I suppose my inability to fully succumb to their teachings, is why my professors ultimately treated me more like a "nice to have" but not a "must have" pupil.

While I realize "America" is just one movie, it's a thoughtful movie with a clear vision and logic that are easily understood. I wish every kid in America with the ability to comprehend the impact and consequences of history would go see this movie. After the movie, strangers approached me to discuss the theme and merits, something that almost never happens at a movie theater. This movie is different.

If you still haven't seen America, I suggest you pack up the family and head to the theater. It's a great way to beat the summer heat, learn about some significant historical facts you may not have been taught in school (and that your kids aren't being taught today), and understand why so many worldwide continue to believe that the American idea is libertarian genius, and that without her we'd be a very different nation — and not in a good way.

Watch the trailer: